New regional forester talks about return to Alaska on Action Line

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The new regional forester for the Alaska Region of the U. S. Forest Service could have gone elsewhere, but wanted to come here.

    That's because Dave Schmid has a history with Alaska.  He spent 23 years working on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

    He returned to Alaska eight months ago to serve in an acting capacity following the retirement of Beth Pendleton.  He said on Action Line that the chief of the Forest Service wanted to assign him elsewhere, but argued he could best serve the agency by returning to Alaska.

    Schmid said a top priority will be concluding the process to come up with an Alaska specific Roadless Rule.

    The process started with the administration of Governor Bill Walker.  Schmid thinks the new Dunleavy Administration will be very much in align with the effort.

    Governor Dunleavy is visiting the nation's capital this week and is scheduled to meet with the Department of Agriculture secretary.


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